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10 Ways to Get Your Kids Out in Nature, and Why it Matters

By Lauren Knight
The Washington Post
October 21, 2014

10 Ways to Get Your Kids Out in Nature, and Why it Matters

From reading about nature with your child to limiting distractions while outdoors, this article offers 10 ways to get your kids out in nature ... and discusses just why it's so vital. [+]

Island Life Promotes Raising ‘Free Range Kids’

By Courtney Naliboff
The Working Waterfront
October 20, 2014

Island Life Promotes Raising ‘Free Range Kids’

The island community of North Haven is the ideal place to raise a free-range kid today. But why? The author argues that the combination of small-town safety and familiarity combined with the security of a closed system (an island) gives parents the confidence to let their kids run free. [+]

Girl Scouts Debate Their Place in a Changing World

By Jennifer Dobner
New York Times
October 19, 2014

Girl Scouts Debate Their Place in a Changing World

Though the Girl Scouts of America have evolved over the decades to meet the needs and interests of the new generation, a commitment to time spent in nature remains as important as ever. [+]

Green Space Makes for Better Students

By Dave Levitan
Conservation Magazine
October 14, 2014

Green Space Makes for Better Students

A landmark collaborative study conducted with elementary school students in Massachusetts found that students attending schools surrounded by a great deal of vegetation performed significantly better on standardized tests than schoolchildren in settings that were not as green. [+]

New Course, “Literacy, Inquiry, Nature for Librarians,” Offered

By Diane Stirling
Syracuse University
October 13, 2014

New Course, “Literacy, Inquiry, Nature for Librarians,” Offered

At Syracuse University, librarians and other educators can now take an incredibly unique 8-week course that will help them guide elementary and middle school students in learning about the natural environment. [+]

Nonprofit Celebrates 60 Years Teaching Earth Stewardship

By Stephen Autar
Times-Call
October 13, 2014

Nonprofit Celebrates 60 Years Teaching Earth Stewardship

A Boulder County nonprofit celebrates an impressive 60 years of connecting more than a quarter of a million children to nature with its environmental education programs. We applaud you! [+]

American Camp Association® and the Children & Nature Network Announce a Partnership to Connect Children and Families to Nature

American Camp Association
October 10, 2014

American Camp Association® and the Children & Nature Network Announce a  Partnership to Connect Children and Families to Nature

The American Camp Association and the Children & Nature Network are partnering with the goal of furthering the common goals of both organizations to significantly increase opportunities for children to get outside and experience nature. [+]

The Science of Awe

By Jake Abrahamson
Sierra Magazine
October 12, 2014

The Science of Awe

Psychologists are coming to understand that the state of awe nature puts you in can have a profoundly positive effect on your state of mind. The researchers involved in the original study plan to continue exploring the science of emotion and nature's influence by moving their laboratory to the woods. [+]

City’s First Permanent Nature-Based Play Area Open at SE Portland Park

By Melissa Binder
The Oregonian
October 07, 2014

City’s First Permanent Nature-Based Play Area Open at SE Portland Park

The Portland Parks Bureau's Nature-Based Play Initiative has opened an exciting pilot project, a permanent nature play area at the city's Westmoreland Park. [+]

How Technology Could Motivate Children to Explore Nature

By Hannah Jenkins
Phys.org
October 07, 2014

How Technology Could Motivate Children to Explore Nature

A study out of the Institute for Sustainable Futures aims to determine if technology can be a motivator - rather than a barrier - for children of current and future generations to explore natural spaces. [+]

What Happens When You Tear 6th Graders Away From Their Gadgets for 5 Days

By Melissa Dahl
New York Magazine
August 27, 2014

What Happens When You Tear 6th Graders Away From Their Gadgets for 5 Days

A team of researchers took all forms of electronic media away from a group of 6th graders for 5 days and sent them camping. The impact on their emotional intelligence in just a short time was remarkable. [+]

National Conference, Festival Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Wilderness

By Lisa Ronald
Wilderness 50th
October 01, 2014

National Conference, Festival Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Wilderness

Children & Nature Network's Juan Martinez and Rue Mapp of Outdoor Afro are just two of the featured speakers at this month's National Wilderness Conference, focused on raising public awareness of wilderness and engaging youth during 2014, the 50th anniversary year of the signing of the Wilderness Act. [+]

At Thurston Nature Center, Neighbors Come Together to Carry on a 50 Year Legacy of Stewardship

By Marjorie Winkelman
The Ann Arbor Independent
October 02, 2014

At Thurston Nature Center, Neighbors Come Together to Carry on a 50 Year Legacy of Stewardship

What better way to bring a community together than through nature? Ann Arbor's Thurston Nature Center has been hosting twice-yearly volunteer days for nearly 50 years now, bringing together kids, adults and seniors to care for this thriving outdoor classroom. [+]

PSJA Tree Planting Sprouts New Outdoor Education Growth

By Kristen Mosbrucker
The Monitor
October 03, 2014

PSJA Tree Planting Sprouts New Outdoor Education Growth

Thanks to a $45,650 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, elementary school students in San Juan and Pharr, Texas will have the grass fields at their schools transformed into native landscapes. The best part: the kids get to play a hands-on role in planting and creating these habitats! [+]

NeighborWoods Tree Planting Campaign Kicks Off 10th Year

By Anthony Le
Alliance for Community Trees
October 01, 2014

NeighborWoods Tree Planting Campaign Kicks Off 10th Year

Volunteers in all 50 states will gather this month to transform their parks, waterways, and city streets into greener community spaces by planting and caring for trees as part of the 10th anniversary of National NeighborWoods® Month. [+]

More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids

By Alison Bruzek
NPR
September 29, 2014

More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids

The evidence supporting active play keeps rolling in. Yet another new academic study, this one from the University of Illinois, shows that extended daily play for kids significantly improves thinking skills. [+]

Getting Families and Kids Healthy, on TRACK

By Marla Hardee Milling
Citizen-Times
September 24, 2014

Getting Families and Kids Healthy, on TRACK

The Parkway Foundation's Kids in Parks program is battling childhood obesity with their family-friendly TRACK trails, which have expanded to 7 states today. [+]

Teaching Children to Appreciate Their Natural Environment

By Haley Waxman
News Observer
September 17, 2014

Teaching Children to Appreciate Their Natural Environment

From watching a turtle lay her eggs to exploring creepy crawly critters, a North Carolina wildlife center is working to provide meaningful nature experiences to local children. [+]

LEAP Hopes to Expand Opportunities for Kids of Ottawa County

The Beacon
September 21, 2014

LEAP Hopes to Expand Opportunities for Kids of Ottawa County

In addition to the wilderness playgrounds encouraging free-range play for younger kids around the country, there is a growing movement to engage older kids and teens as well: enter the tinkering school. [+]

Every Kid’s Inalienable Right to Just Play

By Jim Evans
Macomb Daily
September 19, 2014

Every Kid’s Inalienable Right to Just Play

A small town in Michigan is leading the charge to build barrier-free playgrounds that make it possible for all kids, regardless of their disability, to get out and play. [+]

Green Neighbourhoods Lead to Higher Birth Weights: Study

The University of British Columbia
September 04, 2014

Green Neighbourhoods Lead to Higher Birth Weights: Study

Grass, trees, flowers and green space make it more likely for mothers to deliver at full term and contribute to higher birth weights, according to compelling new research out of the University of British Columbia and Oregon State University. [+]

Pediatrician, Parks Improve Child Health

By Mary Sebold
Sebold Communications
August 26, 2014

Pediatrician, Parks Improve Child Health

More and more often, pediatrician Robert Zarr and his colleagues are prescribing nature to city kids in response to a variety of issues and ailments, from anxiety and depression to asthma and obesity. [+]

Leaps and Bounds Daycare Receives National Certification

By Nature Explore
Dispatch Argus
September 10, 2014

Leaps and Bounds Daycare Receives National Certification

Classrooms across the country, such as Leaps and Bounds Daycare in Nebraska, are being certified as Nature Explore Classrooms, integrating creative outdoor learning opportunities into children's daily lives. [+]

Are We Babying Our Kids? Can Riskier Playgrounds Make Healthier Adults?

By Marnie Eisenstadt
Syracuse.com
September 16, 2014

Are We Babying Our Kids? Can Riskier Playgrounds Make Healthier Adults?

The conversation on danger in play continues, as more and more adventure playgrounds encouraging unstructured, free play open around the country. Can riskier playgrounds make healthier adults? [+]

Disney and National 4-H Council Join Together to Connect Youth to the Environment

By Cynthia Momdjian
The Walt Disney Company Newsroom
September 16, 2014

Disney and National 4-H Council Join Together to Connect Youth to the Environment

Disney and 4-H are banding together in an exciting new program that aims to provide middle school aged youth from 6 urban areas around the U.S. with hands-on activities "that will enable them to discover and protect the planet we share." [+]

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